Steps to get rid of Spyware
Posted on 2005-03-19
I suspect I am spending a lot more time than necessary to remove Spyware.
If the PC is obviously infected with a lot of Spyware (slow especially to boot, lots of pop-ups, many many proecesses are running in Windows Task Manger), should I
(1) Remove all Spyware Programs I can identify with Add-Remove Programs. Delete the Program File directories associated with Spyware, run NAV 2005 and finally run Spyware removal programs (CW shredder, Ad-aware and Spybot).
(2) Just Run NAV 2005 and then run Spyware removal programs (CW shredder, Ad-aware and Spybot). Because the Spyware removal programs will totally remove the Spyware programs and delete the Program file Spyware folders and a lot more. So the added steps in (1) achieve absolutely nothing and are a total waste of time.
(3) Just run Spyware removal programs (CW shredder, Ad-aware and Spybot).
It is worth noting Step 3 takes a lot less time than (2) and (2) takes a lot less time than (1). Because to remove Spyware programs you have to put some of the names into Google to see if they are in fact Spyware and this step takens quite a bit of time. And installing (from CD) and runing NAV is very time consuming on a PC infected with Spyware for many reasons. The PC is very slow and takes forever upon reboot for the hour glass to go away and then the CPU keeps getting very busy whenever Spyware runs. So installing NAV is quite time consuming noting the NAV asks you to reboot after the install which takes 5 minutes or more on a PC that has Spyware. And you cannot run NAV Live Update in Safe mode with Networking (where the Spyware does not slow you down). And Live Update when run after an install also asks you to reboot and run Live Update again which takes more time. And then running NAV full disk scan takes a lot longer than the same operation in Ad-aware and Spybot.
So most of my time in removing Spyware is spend on the manual program and folder removal and installing, updating NAV and running NAV full-disk scan. The time to download and update and run CWshredder, Ad-Aware and Spybot is a lot less than the previous steps. SO WHAT DO YOU RECOMMEND (1), (2), OR (3) ABOVE?
Of course some of the "Spyware" symptoms could be caused by Viruses so maybe I have to run NAV no matter how long it takes.
(4) But if I installed, updated and ran NAV AFTER the Spyware removal programs, then the NAV part would go much faster.
So is (4) the procedure you recommend?